Clinton Global Initiative shutting down after Hillary loses access to White House, but will the Justice Department reopen its books?
Bill and Hillary Clinton are shutting down one of the Clinton Foundation’s most controversial influence-peddling operations, but it may not come in time to stop a Justice Department investigation.
“In a decision announced last week, 22 additional employees are being laid off from the Clinton Global Initiative – known for its annual glitzy gathering of high-powered leaders and celebs. The layoffs are tied to a decision to shutter CGI that originally was announced in an Aug. 22 letter from former President Bill Clinton,” FOX News reports. “At the time, the Clintons were under pressure to explain how they would handle potential conflicts of interest with their namesake foundation if Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton were to win the White House.”
With Hillary Clinton no longer having a conflict of interest, the Initiative was free to stay in business.
But without White House access to sell, no one seems to have any interest, or business for that matter.
Unlike the Clinton Foundation, which must conduct charitable activities as its primary purpose, the Clinton Global Initiative brought world leaders and business titans together to discuss issues.
In other words, its purpose was to get both the rich and the powerful together in the same room as Bill and Hillary Clinton.
And that’s where Hillary Clinton’s clumsy lust for power could land her in legal trouble.
In a federal lawsuit filed in 2015, conservative lawyer Larry Klayman laid out a racketeering case against the former First Lady.
“Negotiations by email about influencing U.S. foreign policy or U.S. Government actions to benefit donors to … The Clinton Foundation or sponsors of speaking engagements would not be captured on a U.S. Government email account because her emails would not be with a U.S. Government official,” Klayman explained in the suit.
Klayman laid out the case in a statement:
(T)he Clintons – through mail and wire fraud, and various false statements – misappropriated documents which he was entitled to receive and possess under the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) concerning Hillary Clinton’s involvement in releasing Israeli war and cyber-warfare plans and practices. The complaint alleges that Hillary Clinton orchestrated this release to harm and thwart Israeli plans to preemptively attack Iranian nuclear sites to stop the Islamic nation’s march to producing atomic weapons. Another FOIA request called for the production of Mrs. Clinton’s and other State Department’s records which refer or relate to the granting of waivers for persons, companies, countries and other interests to do business with Iran, thereby undermining the economic sanctions. These acts are alleged to be the result of the defendants selling government influence in exchange for bribes from interests which have donated to The Clinton Foundation, paid huge speaking fees to the Clintons and other means. The present email scandal is alleged to cover up evidence of these and other related crimes by hiding emails that would incriminate the Clintons and their foundation.
The suit was dismissed by a Clinton-appointed federal judge, citing Klayman’s lack of standing to sue. One must prove they were harmed by a defendant’s actions, which arguably, Klayman himself did not experience.
Klayman also failed to provide evidence proving his allegations, as he does not have criminal subpoena power.
But the Justice Department is under no such restrictions. And they have subpoena power.
There are multiple cases of foreign governments giving lavish donations to the Clinton Foundation, only to receive “sweetheart” weapons deals soon after from the then-Clinton State Department.
Clinton also approved the sale of 20 percent of the United States’ uranium reserves to a company controlled by the Russian government soon after the Clinton Foundation received a large donation from the firm.
Given the Justice Department’s long-standing policy of harassing conservatives and targeting Republican officials like Virginia Bob McDonnell and Alaska Senator Ted Stevens with bogus prosecutions, the DOJ has a duty to right the scales of justice.